Asian air route updates: China Southern Airlines, AirAsia X and more

Kota KinabaluTHAI expands connections with neighbour

Where? Bangkok (Thailand) to Kota Kinabalu, pictured (Malaysia)
When? Daily, effective 26 March 2017
Who? Thai Smile
Why? Long-awaited direct flight between Thai capital and Malaysia’s Sabah state
Anything else? Flights were due to launch on 1 March but have been pushed back

CSA B787China Southern plans first flights to Mexico

Where? Guangzhou (China) to Mexico City (Mexico)
When? Three times a week, effective 10 April 2017
Who? China Southern Airlines
Why? Expanding trade and tourism ties between China and Mexico
Anything else? The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights will operate via Vancouver

PP riverNew domestic connection for Philippine Airlines

Where? Cebu to Puerto Princesa (both Philippines)
When? Four times a week, effective 26 March 2017
Who? Philippine Airlines
Why? Part of a major expansion of PAL’s domestic operations from Cebu
Anything else? Puerto Princesa’s UNESCO-listed underground river (pictured) was voted as one the New Seven Wonders of Nature

AirAsia XAirAsia X to make anticipated debut in USA

Where? Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Honolulu (USA)
When? Four times a week, effective 28 June 2017
Who? AirAsia X
Why? Low-cost carrier to enter US market for first time following FAA’s recent approval of services
Anything else? Flights to initially operate via Osaka’s Kansai International Airport

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